Mountmellick

Laois Heritage Society Journal

Laois Heritage Society Journal

The 2014 volume of this excellent journal will be launched at The Mill Restaurant, Mountmellick Museum, on Thursday November 27 at 8pm. All welcome.

Slieve Bloom Dinner

The Slieve Bloom Association Annual Christmas Dinner is on Sunday November 30 at 3pm in the Swan, Clonaslee. The reasonably priced 3 course meal, will be followed by music & entertainment. To join in the festivities contact Matt at 087 6726290 before November 27. We would like to wish all our friends and supporters a very happy and peaceful Christmas and much good karma for 2015. Next meeting is in the Green School, Rosenallis on January 22.

CHRISTMAS TREE

Mountmellick Christmas Tree committee hope to switch on the tree lights on Friday November 28. The church gate collection is on Saturday and Sunday November 29 & 30. Again this year, the committee will finance the assembly and illumination of the Christmas tree in the square and bring Santa to town to distribute presents to over 600 school children. The annual flag days will be on Friday and Saturday December 5 & 6. These will again enable the committee to give fuel to the senior citizens in Mountmellick for Christmas.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL

St Vincent de Paul Holy Family Conference Mountmellick is holding its annual church gate collection at all masses on Saturday and Sunday December 6 & 7.  Please give generously and help those in our parish in need at these difficult times. 

MISSION ALIVE QUIZ

The annual Mission Alive table quiz will take place in the Druid Bar on Thursday December 4 at 9.30 p.m. Tables of four €20. Michael Linehan is quiz master. Proceeds to the AIDS/ HIV Orphan project in Lusaka in Zambia. Donations of raffle prizes most appreciated. We hope all our supporters will join us for the 2014 quiz.

BALCONY CINEMA

Sunday November 30 at 3pm, How To Train Your Dragon 2.

JUMBLE SALE

A jumble sale and raffles will be held in the Owenass Hall on Sunday November 30, 11am to 4pm to raise funds for gymnasts of Mountmellick Gymnastics Club to compete on the national competitive circuit.  Lots of books, household items, toys and clothing on sale from 5c, 10c & 20c. Please support our local gymnasts.

MOUNTMELLICK HERITAGE SOCIETY

Next meeting of MHS committee is scheduled for Wednesday November 26 at 7pm in the Arts Centre.  

QUAKER GATHERING

A stakeholder meeting for the William Edmundson & Friends Gathering July 2015 will be held on Thursday December 4 in the Arts Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm. There will be a strong emphasis on promoting Mountmellick and ‘traditional Ireland’ during this 5 day event.  80+ overseas visitors have confirmed their attendance. The meeting is open to all and all are welcome.  Please confirm your attendance to Mountmellick Heritage Society at 086 7914933.

CHOIR CD LAUNCH

St Joseph’s Sunday Choir will launch their new CD in the Arts Centre on Thursday December 11 at 8pm. The CD costs €10 with all profits going to the Cuisle Cancer Support Centre, Portlaoise. There are 12 hymns on the CD. It would make an ideal Christmas present.

SARSFIELDS LADIES Fc

The officers & committee of Sarsfields would like to express their appreciation to the senior team and management for their dedication and commitment throughout 2014. They also say a big  ‘thank you’ to the very enthusiastic band of  supporters who travelled to Cork last weekend to cheer on the team in the All-Ireland semi-final. Despite the defeat to Mourneabbey, it has been a remarkable year for the Club and everyone involved can look back on 2014 with a sense of achievement  and look forward confidently to 2015.

SCOUT CALENDAR

The Scout group is developing a calendar for 2016 depicting scouting through the years in Mountmellick, on sale soon.

BADMINTON

Practice on Monday nights at 8.45pm and Wednesday nights at 8.30pm in the Macra hall. Hard luck to the men’s grade 6 team who lost 4-0 to Royston. Well done to the ladies who drew 2-2 with Kildare. To join call Trevor 087 9143226.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Our next meeting is on Wednesday December 3 in the MDA. As this is the Club’s last meeting before Christmas, we will have music, mince pies, raffle, etc. and look forward to meeting everybody.

Annual Christmas dinner dance is in O’Loughlin’s Hotel on Sunday night December 14 with bus leaving the square at 6.30pm. Free door prize and more raffle prizes on the night. Names to be advised by Wednesday December 10.

The usual activities are: Mondays: Boccia in Macra Hall 7.30pm.  Tuesdays: aqua aerobics in Portlaoise Leisure Centre at noon (free bus from MDA at 11.15am. Thursdays: music and song in St. Vincent’s Hospital. New members always welcome, contact 086 0618955.

SOCIAL DANCE

Monthly dance takes place on Saturday November 29 in the Owenass Hall dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30am. Music by the Kelly family. Refreshments served, all welcome.

YARN BOMBING

Yarn Bombing Mountmellick meets in the Methodist Hall (behind Methodist Church) on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm. All interested in being part of this project are invited along.

THE ROCK GAA

Juvenile coaching times: u12 & u14 Wednesdays 6.30pm. U6, u8 & u10 Thursdays 6.30pm. New players welcome.

JUNIOR BOOKCLUBS

Junior Bookclubs continue in the library for ages 8 to 9 and 10 to 12. To join or to find out more about the bookclubs please contact 057 8644572.

SEWING GROUP

Children’s sewing group for ages 10 to 12 in the library from 4pm to 5pm on Tuesdays. To join call 057 8644572.

LOOMING AT LIBRARY

Loom banding sessions every Saturday at the library, 11am to 12.30pm and Thursday from 4pm to 5pm. All welcome.

KNITTING GROUP

The library knitting/crochet group meets each Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring along your needles and wool for a cuppa and a chat.

LIBRARY GALLERY

Entries from the recent colouring and drawing competitions will feature in the gallery for November.

CIORCAL COMHRÁ

The Ciorcal continues on Thursdays in the Library from 10am to 11am. All welcome to use whatever Irish you have.

PARISH LOTTO

November 12. Numbers: 3, 13, 28, 30. Match 3s: L Murray & J Langford, P Culliton.

WHIST

November 12. Community Care. Top score C Martin. Lady 1 F Keenan. 2 D Byrne, A Walsh. Gent 1 J Harrison. 2 D Kelly. Half lady 1 V Kearns. 2 C Casey. Half gent 1 T Dunne. 2 S Wilkinson. Lowest score T Casey. Hatcher T Gowing. Raffle A Blanche (x2), S Wilkinson, Fr J Dunne, Sr Michael, L Pierce.

GAA LOTTO

€50 B Quigley. €20 T Lalor, L Meredith, T Dowling, C Lindley.

LATE SHEILA FITZPATRICK

There death of Sheila Fitzpatrick (neé McCartney) on Saturday November 15 occasioned much sadness. Sheila will be most fondly remembered by all who knew her. Remains reposed at her residence in Ashgrove, Mountmellick until removal on Monday morning to St Joseph’s Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated at noon with private cremation afterwards at Newlands Cross Crematorium Dublin. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to Sheila’s sons, brothers, family, relatives and friends.